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Feb 19, 2013 6:30pm EST
the u.s. do next? brian ross is here. >>> his story. olympic athlete oscar pistorius in court today. tonight, what he says about why he shot his girlfriend. >>> made in america? could the next pope be from boston? meet the cardinal rising to the top of the list. >>> and, the secret of success. how to turn your family into a dynamic, happy team, making sure everyone wins. >>> good evening. a new report tonight lifts the veil on a kind of invisible war. china, unleashing its full spy power on american power grids and the wealth of american manufacturing. a new report even locates this building in shanghai. it doesn't look threatening, but what are they doing inside? and what does it mean for americ america's national security? here's abc's brian ross. >> reporter: the chinese people's liberation army is the biggest military force in the world, with more than 2 million soldiers. but it is the thousand or so in this nondescript building in shanghai that may pose the biggest threat to the u.s. this is the headquarters of the army's secretive unit number 61398, where, according to the new
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00am EST
the advanced u.s. spy drone toured in 2011. >> we are sure the cia has the tools it needs. >> the obama administration's use of drones could have an impact on the john brennan confirmation. >> you can pretend you won an oscar. take a look -- oscar is in the building and we are rolling out the red carpet here at wjla. we have details on how you can get a weekend with a golden statue. >> i will be down there. >> you got that right. good morning to you, washington. >> let's check in with jacqui jeras and talk about the weather because it will be a busy 48 hours. >> we will see a little action tonight but overall it will not be a huge event for us. it is a big deal for folks in the northeast. we're starting out with cloudiness today, 32 degrees and a cloudy day overall. it is the calm before the storm. the coastal system will arrive with moisture late tonight and we will likely get a wintry mix north and west of the metro and will change to rain tomorrow morning. we are expecting only 1/2 of an inch at best. for today, we are expecting cloudy conditions and some brightness this mornin
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Feb 2, 2013 6:30pm EST
to the fast-moving developments after that attack at the u.s. embassy in turkey. tonight, the surveillance video of the suicide bomber just moments before the attack and new information on his motive against america. abc's nick schifrin reporting in from turkey. >> good evening. they say the attacker was a 40-year-old with enough explosives to destroy a two-story building. lives were saved thanks to tight security. and the bravery of one man. tonight, new grainy footage of the bomber on state tv. he belonged to a leftist militant group, it posted photos of him showing off, wearing his suicide belt. for the attack, he disguised himself as a delivery man. just seconds after that video, he entered the embassy's side gate. that's when the security guard realized that something was wrong. he told his colleagues to run away, protecting them, at the cost of his own life. >> sacrificing his life, he saved many others. turks and americans at our mission. so we're profoundly grateful for mustafa's service. >> reporter: today, his small hometown carried him to his grave. they remembered
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Feb 19, 2013 4:00am EST
. >>> also this morning, cyber warfare. breaking overnight, invasive attacks on u.s. interests online. and now, we may know who's behind them. >>> severe storms. rough weather is in store for millions today. >>> and a daredevil with a driver's license going end-over-end in a mini cooper. >>> and good morning. we begin with breaking news. emotional, new details about the murder case against olympic runner oscar pistorius. >> those details all stem from last thursday's shooting death of pistorius' model girlfriend. they're being laid out in a small courthouse in pretoria, south africa. here's tahman bradley. >> reporter: oscar pistorius appeared in court this morning for a bail hearing. the double-amputee is charged with murdering his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. >> i saw him as a lonely young man. very heartbroken and sad. >> reporter: despite the murder charge, one legal expert thinks pistorius has a shot at bail. >> everybody knows who he is. it's not as if he can hide and get a passport and go overseas without anybody noticing him. >> reporter: pistorius' family a
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Feb 20, 2013 2:35am EST
day for lance armstrong. he has until the end of the day to come clean under oath to u.s. anti-doping agents about his use of illegal drugs while winning seven straight tour de france titles. if that doesn't happen, he may not have his lifetime ban from organized sports reduced. armstrong and his team are also dealing with a massive whistleblower lawsuit. >>> we could learn today if oscar pistorius will be let out on bail or if he will await his trial on a murder charge in jail. he is in court at this hour. pistorius' attorneys and prosecutors presented their versions of how reeva steenkamp was killed last thursday. pistorius will be tried for premeditated murder. he claims he thought an intruder was in his bathroom, so he shot through the door. only after breaking down that door did he realize he had shot his girlfriend. >> i'm not lawyer, but here's my question. your girlfriend is spending the night. you wake up, she's not there. you think there's an intruder in the bathroom, but you don't know where she is. >> he says he thought she was still in bed. that's what he's saying. he's s
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Feb 14, 2013 5:00am EST
bars >> a huge merger takes off. american airlines and u.s. airways prepared to create the world's largest airline clerks are you ready for this it's one of the new ingredients on the new beyonce sandwich "good morning washington at 5:00 begins now. >> >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> i'm not sure where we were going with that story. it's thursday, february 14. i am cynne simpson. >> i am scott thuman. it's valentine's day. scott and cynne forever, i like to call it. >> that is so sweet. >> it's a great day for friends or more than friends. snow lovers are not as happy today. not much accumulation in d.c. a few spots got around an inch. germantown at about an inch. gaithersburg, just shy of an inch. chantilly had about a quarter of an inch. the road could be a little slippery and elevated areas. otherwise just wet. 35 degrees in d.c. and 34 at dulles 36 in martinsburg and 30 in manassas. the forecast will bring up your mood. lots of sunshine, temperatures in the upper 40's, almost 50 this afternoon. a big cooldown in the seven-day forecast. we
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Feb 12, 2013 4:30am EST
northeastern test site. the white house calls it a highly provocative act that threatens u.s. security and international peace. it has prompted the u.n. security council to hold an emergency meeting later this morning. brianne carter will have much more on this developing story coming up in our 5:00 hour as well. >> tonight the focus will be on president obama as he delivers his state of the union. >> he is expected to press congress to improve more -- approve more tax increases and spending cuts. >> president obama's state of the union speech tonight will focus primarily on jobs and the economy. it is expected to be different than his inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to the speech and how we grow the economy so everybody can participate and get a fair shot. >> president a look at clean energy education, and infrastructure. he warns against the automatic spending cuts. adding additional spending would require congressional approval putting mr. obama on a collision course with house republicans. >> it's time for washington to get back to the basics. we cannot con
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Feb 6, 2013 12:00pm EST
for the struggling u.s. postal service. starting august 5, the agency says it will stop delivering certain types of mail on saturday. that could save $2 billion per year. not everyone is on board with this decision. >> they are trying to close a $21 billion gap. the postmaster general says there are getting rid of the six-day package delivery will continue. any post office open on saturday will remain open. >> our new delivery settled schedule helps us reduce some of the pressure. >> this is the best way to save money. customers say they think there are other solutions out there. >> they should raise rates and keep 60 service. >> this customer says he would be willing to pay more postage if the post office keeps his current delivery schedule. the president of the national association of letters caria says -- carriers says -- >> it is not important. it does not affect me at all. >> following a developing story after d.c. police were involved in the shooting this morning in northwest washington. john gonzalez has been following that story. he has the latest. >> is a disturbing scene
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Feb 19, 2013 5:00am EST
problems. southeast southwest freeway d.c. 295 looking good. u.s. park police say that the parkway is incident free. the beltway near route 4 pennsylvania avenue looking good, as does 270. back to you. >> thank you. it's 5:11, 37 degrees on this tuesday. >> burger king has to do a whopper of damage control on twitter. wh >> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington" with cynne simpson and scott thuman. this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> taking our top stories. two firefighters and residents were taken to the hospital after two alarm fire at a manassas apartment building. flames broke out late monday night on lady jane loop. no word on what caused the fire. the red cross is assisting 60 residents displaced. olympic sprinter oscar pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend. prosecutors said the double amputee shot reeva steenkamp four time through a bathroom door on valentine's day. bail hearing comes as her family holds a memorial service former. investigators are looking for the person or persons who killed a school and
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Feb 25, 2013 6:00am EST
iran's clear program. this comes as the u.s. tries to salvage the conference in italy. some members of the syrian opposition council had threatened to boycott the meeting. u.s. senators are set to vote -- vote tomorrow to and a filibuster of chaluck hagel's bid to be secretary of state. >> i do not believe he is qualified to be secretary of defense. i believe with the questions are answered that the president deserves an up or down vote. >> it appears he does have the votes to win the confirmation. >> 7 is on your side with a new look at american drinking habits. some of us drank too much. a new study shows on any given day 18 percent of men and 11 percent of women drink more alcohol than federal guidelines suggest. eight percent of women and 3% of women are considered to be heavy drinkers. most of us either do not drink or stay within the device limit of two drinks per day. 30 degrees. still another half hour. >> still to come, cardinals from around the world descend on the vatican to start the process of selecting a new pope. what a [ anouncer ] ihop is in time square to compare n
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Feb 17, 2013 9:39am EST
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Feb 11, 2013 4:30am EST
the latest in a possible between u.s. airways and american. the to see you this morning, a.nd >> they are talking a lot about u.s. air-american merger for quite some time. they tell us here at the number that they are inching closer to form the world's biggest carrier. something could be hammered out week. do keep in mind that the deal be -- could still apart. in the meantime, allied financial is gearing up to repay the garment all of its bailout money. this year, -- the government all of its bailout money. speaking of autos, say you are for a new car. general motors is lowering the chevy malibu. the average price was cut by about $450. this is all part of an effort for the malibu to compete with better-selling mid-sized sedans like the toyota camry. more coming up in the next hour. live at blumberg had in quarters in new york. >> that is quite a distinction. thank you so much. it is 4:37 right now. it is 36 degrees. >> a huge reward has now been offered for information leading est and conviction of a former lapd officer wanted for murder. testill have the la >> a live look out of the
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Feb 14, 2013 4:00am EST
. it recognizes the current realities of war. >>> another drug tunnel between the u.s. and mexico has been shut down. this one discovered in southern arizona. police say the crude, hand-dug tunnel is about 68 feet long and 2 feet wide. more than 1,200 pounds of pot was found inside. >>> with that, a look at weather across the country on this valentine's day morning. south florida could see some thunderstorms. the rest of the east coast should be pretty pleasant. atlanta and new orleans dry out after four days of rain. ski resorts in the northern rockies get another foot of snow. >> temperatures in the northeast are leaning more towards spring than winter. boston in the mid-40s. warmer-than-usual in the southwest, with dallas close to 70. if you want a warm valentine's day, head to miami. it's 82 degrees. >> not a bad call. that's a sexy city. not a bad holiday. >>> they've been staying out of the spotlight for a week. but today, the winners of virginia's $217 million powerball jackpot are coming forward. >> the lucky ticket was bought at a self-service lottery machine at richmond's ai
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Feb 14, 2013 6:00am EST
kind of trauma to the upper body. >> a big announcement expected in the dead ahead about u.s. airways and american airlines merging. >> it would be the biggest airline in the world. let's get to brianne carter to talk about what this can mean to travelers. >> if you are flying u.s. air or american airlines, what would you do? you would check the board for your airline and departing flight. soon, you would just be looking for american airlines. that is what this new airline is expected to be called. an official announcement is expected to come later today this after both sides signing off on the deal late last night. what would this mean for travelers? it would mean expanded service at reagan national airport and laguardia in new york for people flying on the new airline. what would it mean in terms of the time it would take place? if you've already booked a ticket in the coming months, those are expected to be honored. some are questioning what this would do to the price of a ticket. we are seeing more and more mergers among major airlines. what would this do to the cost if t
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Feb 17, 2013 6:30pm EST
. >> this project has not been approved yet. the pipeline will bring oil from canada to the u.s. but is a subject of heated debate. >> drums of protest on a cold day. >> this is a big deal. >> thousands rally against the pipeline. >> the dispalcement of people, it is about big money -- >> the 1700 mile pipeline from alberta, canada to multiple refineries is in the midst of a complicated process. the oil industry sais the pipeline would create 20,000 new jobs and give the u.s. energy independence. it would expand access to secure supplies of canadian crude. as much as 800,000 barrels a day. >> there will be an environmental disaster. >> these protestors worry about oil leaks, greenhouse gasses and imminent domain. >> this is about your fundamental rights so the corporations can make money. >> they say the oil companies will win and the public will lose. >> they will sell it to china or the highest bidder. >> the american petroleum institute said 69% of american votorsers support the project. the state department will make the decision, asis it is international. >> the national mall looking
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Feb 12, 2013 2:35am EST
directly at the u.s. north korea confirmed the test in a statement released by state media saying it was carried out to "defend the country's security and sovereignty in the face of a ferocious, hostile act by the u.s." it means that north korea is closer to building a warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile that is capable of reaching the u.s. the test today comes just two months after pyongyang conducted a successful long-range missile test in direct definls of u.n. security council resolutions, and the key question now is, did north korea use plutonium as they did in previous tests or highly enriched uranium? if north korea was stul in building a bomb using enrich rue yanium, it would speed up their ability to build a warhead. >> the president said it undermines the region's stability and a threat to the u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and it doesn't make north korea any more secure, which is what it's hoping for. >> they are a provocative country. they like to get the world's attention and flex their military muscle and the irony
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Feb 13, 2013 6:00pm EST
concerns about his views on those critical threat facing the u.s. >> a protest over the keystone pipeline lead the rest of the white house today. robert f. kennedy jr.. protesters are demanding president obama reject the pipeline. they worry about environmental damage and a possible oil spill. to go a lot of talk recently about how to reduce gun violence. -- >> a lot of talk recently about how to reduce gun violence. northern virginia bureau chief joins us live from springfield. i understand this is about the straw man purchases. >> that is right. people who legally buy guns for people who cannot legally buy them for themselves. bob macdonald could be a safety task force and now promoting eight different bills aimed at curbing violence, mostly dealing with school safety. the strong men feel -- strawman bill deals with the purchases. take it you ask whether it should result in tougher penalties, you will find plenty of agreement. >> i would hope so. >> i would be in favor of stronger penalties. that is when someone legally buys a gun and sells it to someone who cannot buy on their own like
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Feb 15, 2013 4:30am EST
, including a former u.s. senator other people will also be honored. president obama has a number of events planned today theuding a meeting with president of italy's. after noon he will leave the white house for chicago, where his proposals made during the state of the union. he heads to west palm beach, florida, for a weekend friends.ith his >> oscar pistorius appears in court today for the first time since being charged with murder. photographers and supporters police vehicle taking a amputee to a south african court. arrested thursday after he shot and killed his girlfriend, 30-year-old model reeva steenkamp. it's not clear what led to the shooting, but police had received calls in the past about issues and his home. >> the d.c. council will look the police department's handling of sexual assault cases. discuss ambers will by the human rights group. it's a sexual assault victims getting the response they deserve from the police department. there have been several sexual in northeast since august. today the council will also requests toding hire additional police officers. >> looking at
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Feb 18, 2013 6:00pm EST
where the focus should be. >> immigrants are a big part of why the u.s. is as successful as it is. >> immigration has long divided republicans and democrats. a bipartisan group is making progress towards compromise, which now seems in danger after plans from the white house leaked out. >> this raises the question that many of us continue to wonder about. does the president really want a result or he does -- or does he want to get political a bandage in the next election? >> it is not going to work. we will not be able to get the votes to pass in the house. >> the president's new chief of staff insist it was only meant as a backup if the bipartisan proposal stalls in the house or senate. >> he says it is dead on arrival. >> keep in mind that the bipartisan compromise is still a work in progress. there is no actual plan yet to unveil. the democrats say give it time, and republicans say there will be a link between illegal immigrants obtain green cards and tightening border security. rebecca cooper, abc 7 news. >> new at 6:00, prince george's county is now the center of the gun-contr
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Feb 5, 2013 5:00am EST
limit on federal borrowing. that prevents the u.s. and from defaulting on its debts. provisions a house republicans to temporarily withhold lawmakers' pay in either chamber that fails to produce a budget plan. the senate has approved a bill include security at u.s. embassies overseas, following the attacks in benghazi. than $1 billion for funds no longer needed in iraq would then fund that effort. the bill now goes to the house. 5:17. the big question is, how many pancakes and you think you can put away today > >> about 5. i want that many. >> i think that's about 11. let's check in with adam caskey, ihop int the alexandria. pancakes?ad some >> we are going to dig in this morning. day and the pancake day.nal weather person's you get a free short stack at ihop and it's for good cause. it's for charity. tell us about it. toyou have the opportunity leukemia lymphomas find a cure for blood cancer. we're hoping to raise $220,000. they've been raising money over last month and today is the hurrah. >> , tabriz in the past? >> $185,000, last year. working hardbeen $220,000 this year. is the fac
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Feb 14, 2013 6:30pm EST
much, david. >>> now it's official tonight, american airlines and u.s. airways announced a mega merger to create the biggest airline in the world. 130 million passengers a year. the american brand will live on. the u.s. air name will be retired. the merger deal still needs a stamp of approval from the department of justice, but it's not expected to stand in the way. >>> next tonight, stunning news today that one of the most inspiring athletes in the world has been charged with murder. oscar pistorius, the first double-leg amputee to compete on a track in the olympics. he's charged with shooting his girlfriend. details are still eammerging an our correspondent based in africa has the news from pretoria, south africa tonight. >> reporter: who would have imagined the man who did this, could end up like this? accused of murder of his girlfriend, reeve steenkamp, a well known model in south africa, seen here in a cellphone commercial and a fixture on the red carpet. the two of them were a couple ththat demanded attention. pistorius lived in this luxury estate. here in south africa, c
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Feb 21, 2013 4:00am EST
no u.s. deaths in afghanistan. the pentagon says that's because of fewer enemy attacks. and the fact that afghans, now, are taking over more of their own security operations. >>> if you're about to chow down on an egg mcmuffin this morning, you're probably not alone. a new study shows just how much fast food americans eat. adults ate 11% of their daily calories in fast food over a four-year period. topping the survey, nonhispanic black adults who ate one-fifth of their diet from fast food. and the over-60 crowd, ate fast food just 6% of the time. >>> well, drinking coffee can apparently give you the jolt you need to live longer. a new study of older americans found three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of early death by 10% to 15%. too much caffeine used to be considered unhealthy. but researchers say, the more coffee people consumed the less likely they are to die from injuries, heart disease, stroke and other ailments. >> staff on this show shall live forever. >>> and speaking of coffee, police near seattle say some local coffee joints there have been serving up a lot
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Feb 20, 2013 11:00pm EST
the u.s. embassy in 1979. fast forward. one of the survivors lived in fairfax county. greta cruz get your thoughts on the film. >> we can see them through the window coming across the compound. there were saying death to america, death to the shoah. >> it was not hollywood. it was real. she and her husband were state department workers who escaped when iranian militants stormed the u.s. embassy and took 52 hostages. stafford and five others hid in canadian officials homes for 80 days. >> we would sit on the couch and feel that all they because we're putting them in danger. >> in science fantasy adventure. >> if i am doing a fake movie will be a fake head. >> this is the best bad idea we have. >> when the cia decided to get the mouth by if i am doing a fake movie having a faked canadian production crew pretend to make a sci-fi flick -- >> we were all relatively comfortable with it. >> i can play this role. i have been reading these books. all of them. >> the movie dodoes take liberties. there were split between two canadian homes and the bizarre scene never happened. nor did the nail
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Feb 20, 2013 4:00am EST
u.s. is preparing to strike back amid allegations about those massive cyber attacks being blamed on china. the white house will reportedly lay out aggressive steps today to fight the cyber crimes. the report comes after a security firm identified the shshanghai building as the headquarters for china's military hackers, accused of stealing secrets from u.s. companies and government sites. >>> union workers are rallying, urging congress to avoid the looming budget cuts. yesterday, president obama brought cops and firefighters to the white house to warn emergency workers they'll be the first to go if those cuts take effect. the deadline is less than ten days away. and so far, there's no face-to-face talks. >>> but the president is reaching across the aisle on immigration reform. last night, president obama called the three, key gop players on the issue in the senate. john mccain, lindsey graham and marco rubio. details of a white house backup plan on immigration were leaked over the weekend. >>> general john allen who was nominated to be nato supreme ally commander, and got caught up i
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Feb 14, 2013 4:30am EST
. american airlines and u.s. airways agreeing to a merger, they would become the world's biggest airline. >> in south africa, an olympic sprinter and double amputee has been arrested in the shooting death of a woman. good morning, washington. it's thursday, february 14. i am scott thuman. >> i am cynne simpson. let's get to meteorologist jacqui jeras on this valentine's day. >> happy valentine's day, everybody. we got an inch of snow or less across the area. just a trace at reagan national. i cannot even see anything on the grass. germantown had an inch as well as winchester. just shy of an inch in wgaithersburg. most of its stock to the grassy areas. temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. watch for slick spots on the roadways this morning especially if they are elevated. 35 degrees at reagan national. a beautiful day to look forward to. lots of sunshine with a high around 49 degrees. a big cooldown for the weekend. the seven-day forecast is minutes away. first, jamee? >> i needed to scrape my window. so little extra time is needed for that. watch for slick spots especia
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Feb 1, 2013 12:00pm EST
in our satellite center latest. >> good afternoon. the turkish prime minister says u.s. embassy bomber is domestic weapons group. identity this his noon. do know this investigation at this hour overseas washington. >> state department officials the terrorist attack just outside the u.s. around 6:15 this eastern time. said the expected suicide bomber set off a bomb, killing himself and at least one other who officials say it was an embassy guard. several others were injured. the bomb appears to have inside a security checkpoint within the embassy. the door to the embassy was off but the ambassadors say the inside of the embassy not sustain any damage. collects these attacks are the peace and welfare of the country. we will stand tall. we will stay together and overcome it. >> the embassy is heavily protected and located next to several other embassies. while there has been no official from the white house u.s. embassy here in d.c., sources say top government closeals are keeping a eye on the situation. >> we will continue to fight terrorism together. >> at this hour, just within
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Feb 24, 2013 10:00am EST
week, we saw a report coming out, detailing chinese attacks, chinese military cyberattacks on u.s. targets, 140 targets. look at this is from the "new york times." its focus is on companies involved in the critical infrastructure of the united states. according to security researchers one target was a company with remote access to more than 60% of oil and gas pipelines in north america. serious threat over several years. it drew the attention of the former head of the cia. >> my father said quit whining, defend yourself after i had gotten into a fight. there are a lots of way we can make this relation less comfortable to them. if this is important, then you got to start taking some actions. >> congressman rogers, you say that this is a war we're losing? >> we are losing. 141 targets pales in comparison. that's probably every day. we get every single day by a series of attacks. everything from criminals trying to get into your bank account to steal your identity to nations. >> you believe that chinese -- the chinese government, the chinese military is behind this? >> beyond a shado
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Feb 26, 2013 4:00am EST
advisers, four former governors and two members of congress. >>> and after more than a century, the u.s. census bureau has decided to drop the word negro on its forms and surveys. negro will no longer appear as an option for race, alongside black or african-american. many americans view the word as offensive and outdated. duh. >>> c. everett koop, the nation's most famous and influential surgeon general has died at 96. president reagan appointed koop in 1981. he was instrumental on changing america's views on smoking. he endorsed condoms and sex education to help stop the spread of aids. he was a frequent visitor to dartmouth until his death. >>> pope benedict is leaving it to the cardinals of the catholic church. benedict changed the rules, allowing the cardinals to move up the can clave start date if all of them arrive at the vatican before the 15-day waiting period ends. benedict's resignation takes effect on thursday. >>> prosecutors have asked that manslaughter charges be brought against the costa concordia cruise ship. 32 people, including 2 americans, died in that accident. >>> a
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Feb 14, 2013 7:00am EST
and u.s. airways announces a massive merger to become the world's biggest airline. it will affect everyone who flies. >>> and we're going to have the latest on the bumpy ride for chuck hagel on capitol hill, as key senators delay the confirmation vote on his nomination of defense secretary. there's been heated hears on whether or not to approve him. >>> and jenny mccarthy defending her cousin, melissa mccarthy, on the critic who savaged melissa on his review of "identity thief." >> coming down on the worst kind of commentary. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to the breaking news out of south africa. the double-amputee sprinter, oscar pistorius, who captured so many hearts at the london olympics has been charged with murdering his model girlfriend. she was shot four times with his gun in his home. and abc's lama hasan has the latest. good morning, lama. >> good morning to you, george. oscar pistorius is appearing in a south african court right now, being charged with the murder of his girlfriend. police confirms there's no reports of false entry and no other suspects involved. os
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Feb 11, 2013 6:00am EST
the past week. there's more than enough gas and oil. american airlines expected merger with u.s. airways and it would have nine major hubs. it would be run by the u.s. ceo.ys thief debuted at $37 million despite the blizzard in the northeast and it's the biggest opening so far this year. maker's mark is watering down 3% inown t alcohol. 6:00 hour 25 now. to the breaking news from 20 minutes ago. willope has announced he resigning on february 28. he made the announcement during with cardinals this morning. the announcement in latin. 6:25 is the time. a very surprising announcement, because the pope usually continues his duties .ntil death he sent out to a tweet yesterday's and "we must trust the mighty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, and his grace transforms us and makes us ."w that is leading to speculation kind ofre is some controversy. says that, due to his age, decision withe freedom to resign and that longer has the strength adequately continue office due to his advanced age. >> the significance of this cannot overstated. this is the first time in 600 pope has resi
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Feb 26, 2013 6:00am EST
coming off of 270 to go on to 370 that ramp is closed. a lot going on there. back to you. >> 6:20. u.s. markets suffer their 1- date -- biggest one-day drop since november. >> here is a look at what is still on tap. why a man is ordered to walk while he whistles. >> george clooney gives the ravens take the grief on oscar's red carpet, while his girlfriend was all smiles about running it to the super bowl champ. >> cynee simpson in la for a preview of the big "into with the stars" -- "dancing with the stars" announcement. >> investors are worried and the late -- europe's debt crisis may return. the dow lost more than 200 points yesterday. loans often take a backseat to holiday shopping during the fourth quarter. the delinquency rate for all of last year was one of the low was in a while. ikea no longer serving swedish meatballs. tests show that some contained horse meat. the company says the meatball sold in the u.s. come from american supply your. the tv ratings for the academy awards show are slightly higher than last year and the best in three years. this year's strong oscar contende
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Feb 13, 2013 6:00am EST
it is not just the soft economy but poor money management skills for u.s. airlines is doing better. 82% of flights arrive within 15 minutes of the schedule last year which is one of the best rates in 25 years. a lower percentage of bags were lost. some of the retail stores for apple are moving. apple is opening 30 more stores. you cannot get away from starbucks in the pacific ocean. there is a fully functioning coffee shop aboard the uss boxer. that is america's money, have a great day. >> the debate that has become more emotional since the new town shootings -- parents say it is time to ban toy weapons and a hundred other parents say that is ridiculous. as the debate heats up on capitol hill, it is hot at home and the pilgrim, our report tonight at 5:00. >> the makers of the carbonated alcoholic drink por loco have to redesign their cans for the ftc says they have to put an alcoholcfatcs panel on their cans and cans with more than two servings have to be redesigned so they can be resealed. the time the 6:27 and we still have another half hour of "good morning washington." >> a ped
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Feb 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
spending onans are gasoline. the energy department said last u.s. households spend of their income. $2,900 on gas, the highest level in four years. the average cost for regular gasoline hit a record high last at $3.60 a gallon. >> we spend a lot on and around here, going nowhere. the d.c. metro area is ranked for traffic in the whole country. >> we're live in northwest with specifics of the report. >> the region's traffic troubles heated debatet of in state legislatures. at center stage in richmond. say drasticy taken.s must be millions of people indoors every day. bad traffic the worst in the country? >> it is true. it is true. >> there is some solid research to back up that assertion. the transportation institutions report found the metro is indeed tops in terrible traffic. >> a lot worse. the average commuter waste 67 annually sitting in traffic. 32 gallons of gas going nowhere. if you really have to be on time for a trip which should take 28 minutes, and give yourself 114 be safe.o >> what accident and my 30 drive can turn into a 50 minute drive. i do not know what they can do.
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Feb 2, 2013 7:00am EST
. >> hi, there. >>> we begin with that terrorist attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey that left one security guard dead. washington is now warning americans to stay away from u.s. complexes in turkey. >> u.s. and turkish officials are coming through all of the evidence they can find to find out who was behind this. u.s. officials are actually sifting through some of the debris that explosion caused yesterday. now, this bomb could have been much more deadly and it wasn't because of new security. that glass is bulletproof and this gate protects the embassy all of the way around. the building itself is about 500 feet. they're back at work and the across town, there's a funeral for the security guard. >> okay, nick shif rin reporting. >>> wall street is within striking distance of its all-time high. the dow closed above 14,000 for the first time in five years. the benchmark is now just 155 points away from its record high close. >>> a convict was apprehended late last night without incident. he just walked out on wednesday after a local charge against him was dismissed. officials didn't
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Feb 1, 2013 5:00am EST
south. back to you. >> thank you. u.s. media computer systems are under attack. >> a popular video game is delayed. rob nelson has more. >> more than just a new dark times. other major u.s. media companies such as the wall street journal say they have been the victims of chinese hackers. it is believed they have ties to the chinese government. apple still dominates the tablets computer market with a big increase in shipments for the fourth quarter. apple's market share is shrinking while samsung shares more than doubled. facebook is offering gift card. retailers participating include target and olive garden and jamba juice. fans of a popular video game service will have to wait longer for the next installment of grand theft auto. it has been pushed back until later this year. they want to polish it. have a great friday. >> from the super bowl, i'm with the washington baltimore ravens. good morning, washington. >> huron county public schools on a two hour delay. washington county public schools in virginia and garrett county two-hour delay because of the weather. >> renowned poet and art
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Feb 18, 2013 6:00am EST
police say survived the crash. >> at 6:40, he is back. prince harry back to the u.s. but this time he is not likely going to be called parting without clothes. >> and how whether reading technology can end up in the winter weather out or where. -- weather reaadinding technology. it >> time for the money report. >> gas prices are rising quickly. >> topping america's money -- gasoline mystery. gas prices are still soaring now at three. someone dollars a gallon, an increase of 13 cents of the last week. and gas prices are usually low this time of year. oil prices are also up, but no reason why. beef prices possibly going up by 10% by the summer. the cattle herd is at the smallest in six decades because feed prices are up. but airline fares are not going up, at least not now but a delta raise prices last week but no other carrier went along so dr. roll back the fare hike. and -- a bourbon decided not to reduce out of contact -- content due to the outcry. "die hard" took in $28 million. have a good day. >> blink 182's drummer fear of flying forces in biscuit the tour. >> he survive the sep
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Feb 5, 2013 6:00am EST
spend another day inspecting the u.s. border with mexico. she will visit el paso, texas today. she talked about what she calls dramatic improvements in border security. she says big investments in border enforcement have led to a huge drop in the flow of illegal immigrants and the lack of violence in major border cities. the senate has approved a bill to increase security at u.s. embassies and diplomatic missions worldwide. the legislation comes in the wake of last september's attack in benghazi, libya, but killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. the extra security will be paid for with surplus funds no longer needed in iraq. the bill now heads to the house. this is always different topic. if you're on a long international flight, there's a screaming child next to you and you wish there was a section you could go to to get away from it. >> one airline is making strides to making that possible. let's check in with jummy olabanji for details. >> you don't have to have children to know they can affect your travel plans. children under the age of 12 are no longe
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Feb 12, 2013 6:00am EST
ahead -- concerns that a u.s. consulate in south asia. >> why you should >> welcome back. this is a live look in arlington. we're looking at wilson boulevard and people are already making their way into work. >> yes, it is that time of the morning so let's check in on the traffic. >> is not a bad start and that gentleman did not have a hat on. temperatures are 48 degrees of that is comfortable. we have a bit of a wind chill factor at 43. the camera is shaking around with a brisk winds out of the northwest at 10 miles per hour. we have a nice pocket of clearing skies and we should see plenty of sunshine today but a system to our north and some wet weather to our south will make for some very difficult travel. this is out of new orleans this morning where it is fat tuesday and the mardi gras. happy, mardi gras to everybody. 70 degrees in new orleans today but there is a slight risk they are expecting thunderstorms this afternoon. difficult travel across the deep south and snow into oklahoma city. they could pick up 3-6 inches. a nice day to day with temperatures in the lower 50's. we
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Feb 6, 2013 4:30am EST
. >> match.com says the singles are not struggling in this economy. >> a dire financial picture for the u.s. postal service takes center stage in d.c. today. linda bell joins us from bloomberg headquarters in new york. good wednesday mourned. >> -- morning. >> the postmaster general is expected to make a major announcement this morning. he will respond to a board of governors recommendation to accelerate the restructuring of the postal service. the question is what does this mean? postal service employees say this could mean closing some facilities next month instead of next year and possibly stopping saturday service. we will be watching closely. if you have visited fema parks like fantasyland in florida they have had better than expected earnings. -- theme parks. fantasylands should be done by sometime next year. if you think the economy is hurting your love life. 2/3 of singles say they have not changed their habits over the past the four years. 54% of single will not take someone with considerable credit card debt. d.c. residents have been hit with cupid's arrow. linda bell reporting fo
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Feb 5, 2013 4:00am EST
. >> reporter: last year, there were nine mass killings in the u.s. eight of the gunmen had a history of mental illness. background check is only as good as the database used to check a gun buyer's record. consider this. only 12 states actively submit mental health records to the federal database. the president has proposed fixing this by giving states money to improve recordkeeping. and by urging doctors to report credible threats of violence to law enforcement. mental health experts say the other key to addressing this problem is identifying and treating those with mental illness at a young age. the white house wants to give states the resources to do that. but that's going to require money. and it is also the kind of thing that will take a long time to show results. jonathan karl, abc news, new york. >>> and the president is taking action on two other pressing national issues. he signed a deal to raise the federal borrowing limit, preventing a short-term financial panic. and he meets with lawmakers on ways to reform the immigration system. >>> an iraq war veteran remains on suicide wa
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Feb 22, 2013 4:00am EST
the gun battle. >>> the u.s., the u.n. and syria's main opposition group are condemning a deadly car bombing in the syrian capital. 50 people were killed when that bomb exploded in damascus. this comes among growing pressure on syrian president assad to negotiate with rebel groups. >>> president obama is sitting down at the white house today with japan's new leader, prime minister shinzo abay arrived in washington last night, to discuss economic ties and security concerns, including the latest threats from north korea. he is also looking to reinforce the u.s./japan alliance. he is the fifth japanese prime minister during president obama's time in office. >>> police in las vegas are searching for suspects after deadly violence on the famed vegas strip. three people were killed during a gun battle between two luxury cars and a fiery crash that followed. authorities say at least one person in a range rover shot at a maserati that then ran a red light and crashed into a taxi. the taxi burst into flames and the driver and the passenger both died. the driver of the maserati was also killed
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Feb 7, 2013 4:30am EST
football field will move from the south to the north end of the campus. -- green features. the u.s. postal service is counting congress on its decision to end saturday mail delivery. >> jobs are back in focus on wall street. linda bell joining us from bloomberg headquarters to talk about those stories and more. >> let's begin with stock markets. looking at a flat start. jobless claims figures coming out ahead of the opening del paso. home-- ahead of the open and bell. home depot is looking to hire more than 80,000 temporary workers. that's a 14% increase from a year ago at a time the housing market is rebounding. the postal service is ending saturday mail delivery, but the packages will still make it to your doorstep on that day. the postal service is setting itself up for a possible showdown with congress. the reason is because it is ending the saturday mail service, but whether or not lawmakers approved, it says. there's a loss for 1981 requiring the postal service to deliver mail six days a week. postal service says it has decided to remove the language because it receives money
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Feb 8, 2013 2:35am EST
to attack the u.s. however, the head of the intelligence committee, senator dianne feinstein, is calling for more openness about that drone program. >>> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta revealed for the first time that there was a plan in place to support rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by president obama because of worries that the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in syria's civil war. >> by the way, i was just going to add to that civil war. it's cost that country the equivalent of $48 billion. when you think about a war, our war obviously has cost us trillions of dollars. but a country that has no money, and they're relying on us for help, $48 billion is a lot of money. >> and the u.s. has given syria about $210 million in aid to help those insurgents along. but this issue of whether we arm them is one. after two wars and libya, maybe the country was not ready to get involved in another country. but we put these arms in syria, how do we know they're not going to get in the hands of terrorists? and on the other side, th
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Feb 1, 2013 6:00am EST
u.s. naval academy in annapolis. the white stuff is snow on the dockside. the doppler radar shows where there is snow. a lot of it has been to the south of the beltway a, creeping in and around alexandria and everybody south and east of there. to and from front royal leesburg and alexandria and we could pick up a dusting. winter weather advisory with potential to an inch. very cold temperatures in the low 30's to our 20s this morning. meteorologist adam caskey is in the snowflakes this morning with your express forecast. iciness snowflakes on your shoulders. it's i wore my black jacket to help you see the snow. it's on the grassy services and parked cars on woodbrige road. notice how you can see the big fat snowflakes falling pretty easily this morning with this little band of moving through woodbrige. now let's come back down to the surface. this is a parking lot, so it does not really see any traffic. this particular spot in general. it is not sticking in this parking lot. the roads i've been traveling on in woodbrige since the snowflakes began are mainly just wet, but the grass
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Feb 1, 2013 5:00pm EST
as well. the murder trial is expected to begin february 11. >> overseas, the u.s. embassy in turkey attacked this morning the white house calling it a terrorist act. a suicide bomber struck just outside of the gate, killing a guard. suzanne kennedy is monitoring the story from the satellite center. >> turkish authorities are looking into whether this was in retaliation for the arrest of dozens of alleged terrorists. the attack could have been far worse, but the attacker was not able to get past the initial checkpoint. the explosion went off at 1:15 local time at the u.s. embassy. two people were killed, at the suicide bomber and the turkish guard. preliminary indication is that it was connected with a left- wing militant group. turkish authorities were quick to condemn the>> these are against peace and welfare of our country. we will stand tall, stay together, and overcome this. >> it took place inside of the security checkpoint, at a side entrance to the building. ambulances swarmed the area as the police presence was stepped up. the guard was killed was standing outside of the che
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Feb 13, 2013 5:00am EST
measures. announced plans to bring home half of the u.s. troops from afghanistan within the next year. brianne carter will have much more from the state of the union address coming up in a few moments. coming up at 6:00, mike allen will join us here with his thoughts on the president's speech. >> the state of the union address was a hot topic on twitter tuesday 9. so was an unexpected moments during the republican response. >> there were about 9200 and tweets per minute after florida senator marco rubio took a sip of water near the end of his response. there are calling it water greagate. he later posted a photograph of his bottle of water on twitter. little jab and himself. prexy has a sense of humor. it's 36 degrees. >> still ahead considered the most overused and useless words in the english language. >> treasury secretary jack lew >> good morning, washington. we have a smile. we hope you're having a great day. it's not a bad start, but things will go downhill after the noon hour. it's 36 degrees at 5:10. winter weather revisory in west virginia and north western maryland for the p
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Feb 20, 2013 11:35pm EST
change they're making, hot dogs will now go for two packs of cigarettes. >>> this is dumb, the u.s. postal service is launching a clothing line and sell post office clothes. which makes sense because every time i want to go to the post office. man like the european fashion show in here. where can i get some of that stuff? the postal service is teaming with a company in cleveland, put out a lean of clothing and accessories, rain, eat, and snow. all leather gear, coats, headgear and shoes. the perfect attire for stealing social security checks out of people's mailboxes. the post office is hoping this idea takes off. they're in deep financial trouble. the last quarter of 2012, the post office lost $1.3 billion. listen, i am going to repeat this. a great idea. i have a simple and 100% guaranteed way to save the post office. legalize pot and put them in charge of delivery. [ cheers and applause ] you know what? if the pot makes the mailman slower, who cares, mellow out. of course that will never happen. instead they will focus on selling helmets and shorts. they're not only selling clot
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Feb 1, 2013 6:00pm EST
terrorist organization by the u.s. and european union. the incident comes on the last day of office for secretary of state hillary clinton, who was in contact with turkey's leaders. >> i spoke with the ambassador and the team there, i spoke with my turkish counterpart and i told them how much we've valued their commitment and their sacrifice. >> the white house says while the motives may not yet be clear, this was a terrorist act. >> today as the last in office for secretary of state hillary clinton, and she worked right until the end. rebecca cooper joins us from the newsroom. she logged a lot of miles during her tenure. >> she did, leaving behind a legacy. she was dubbed the most powerful woman in history by newsweek, and many feel there is more to come from hillary clinton. today she stepped down as secretary of state and already there is talk about another possible run for the presidency in. today the former first lady turned senator turned secretary of state talked about the middle of the night phone calls from the state department operations center. >> i am for a proud to have
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Feb 1, 2013 4:30am EST
call for an 80% cut in u.s. nuclear weapons. he has most democrats on this side. a confirmation vote for him next week. it could be a difficult weekend for thousands of metro riders. orange line trains will not be running between the federal centers southwest and cheverly. trains will not be running between federal center southwest and benning road. ben austen o'clock tonight until closing on sunday. shuttle buses will be available. -- blue line trains will not be running. red line trains will single track between farragut north and did sherri. green line and yellow line trains between l'enfant plaza to mount vernon, single-tracking. >> the ravens are getting used to the new surroundings in new orleans for their practices. >> the team said the artificial turf at tulane university was hard on their legs, so they asked to move to the st. facility which has grass. the 49ers are already training at that facility. >> the tune intune in tonight at 8:00 for our special. it will feature tim brant and leon harris and britt mchenry. >> beyonce finally admits she did lip-sync at the national an
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Feb 10, 2013 11:35pm EST
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service® no business too small. >> taking a look at the week ahead. it will be busy on capitol hill. the senate judiciary committee will hold a gun violence committee on tuesday that will focus on how to keep communities safe will also protecting the rights of gun owners and the second amendment. >> group of eight members from the house will present ideas for immigration reform. the bipartisan group has met on and off in a near-total secrecy for four years. this will be the first time they will talk about the legislation they have drafted. they may also release some principles they want to see along with immigration reform. >> tuesday night, president obama delivers his state of the union address. he has decided to try to rally house democrats behind his second term agenda. he wants to focus on job creation and fostering a independent energy plan. we will also expect to hear about gun control. >> the capitals spending some time with some very deserving fans. coming up, more on the clinics for children with disabilities. >> tonight, a tornado sw
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